Bird Mites or commonly referred to as Bird Lice

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Bird Mite Identification

Bird Mite Traits

•Pinprick bites with or without lesions

•Frequently intense itching of the skin

•Vague sensation of crawling on the skin

•Bite marks and lesions that heal very slowly

•Increase of symptoms in certain areas of the home

•Increase of symptoms at night and in humid weather

Bird mites parasitize a wide variety of domestic and wild birds, including poultry, pigeons, starlings, sparrows and robins. These mites normally remain on birds or in bird nests throughout their life. Mite eggs are laid in nests or on feathers. Hatching occurs in two to three days and adults are seen about five days later if birds are present.

However, if a bird falls out of a nest and dies or a nest is abandoned, bird mites seek other hosts. These mites may enter homes, sometimes in large numbers to search for food when nests are on or in buildings. Although bird mites often bite people, circumstances have been described where they are found in large numbers but do not appear to annoy anyone.

Environmental Characteristics

Bird mites normally hide or burrow during the day and are more active at night, corresponding to their inherent behavior to parasitize nesting birds. Humans bothered by bird mites will notice significantly more activity at night than in the daytime. In the home, bedding material and furniture are an ideal breeding ground for mites that will bite during the night and hide and reproduce deep inside when not active. Mites prefer cottons and fabrics as this can act like an insulating material where eggs can be protected from the environment.

A bird mite infestation in the home is often initially thought of as a flea infestation. People with pets will assume that if the parasite is this small it must be fleas. Bird mites are even smaller and do not hop the way fleas can.

Pest Control for Bird Mites

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Please act fast if you suspect you have Bird Lice. The longer you wait the worse the symptoms become.

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